BLUE JACKETS 3 | FLYERS 2
Kevin Connauton Post Game
Brandon Dubinsky Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Connauton's OT winner
ANALYSIS: A solid close to the period for the Blue Jackets, who were okay early in the period but picked up steam as the game grew older. Scott Hartnell scored his first goal in 12 games, and you'd be hard-pressed to find an opponent he'd rather score against. It was a melee in front of Mason, with three Blue Jackets trying to get a stick on a loose puck. Finally it was Hartnell who stayed with it and buried a backhander at 8:05 to give Columbus another lead at 2-1. The Blue Jackets need to stay out of the box (a theme we've covered before) and keep this game 5-on-5, so not to give the Flyers' lethal power play any additional opportunities to do damage. Shots are 17-11 Columbus after 40.
Scott Hartnell goal
Second Period HighlightsANALYSIS:
The Blue Jackets were an energized bunch out of the gate, rolling four lines and getting ample pressure on the Flyers' defense right from the opening shift. Their first 10 minutes were as good as we've seen in some time, but as Brandon Dubinsky said between periods, he felt the Jackets got "too cute" after taking a 1-0 lead and they strayed from their game. The Flyers got a power play goal late in the period, with Brayden Schenn capitalizing on a terrific pass from captain Claude Giroux at 17:53. Plenty to like early, but plenty to work on as we head to period No. 2 in a 1-1 here at Nationwide Arena.
Boone Jenner goal
First Period Highlights
Brandon Dubinsky Pregame
Matt Calvert Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (11:35 AM): Make it totally, completely and 100 percent official...the Blue Jackets have activated Brandon Dubinsky off injured reserve.
UPDATE (11:00 AM): Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards confirmed that Dubinsky will be in the lineup tonight, centering Calvert and Atkinson. He said - without stating the obvious - that "Dubi adds a lot to our team."
Here are some other updates...
- Tim Erixon is the healthy scratch on defense tonight. Kevin Connauton will draw in and play alongside James Wisniewski.
- Adam Cracknell and Kerby Rychel will be the forward scratches. Richards said there have been "some discussions" but nothing concrete as to whether Rychel will remain with the Blue Jackets or be assigned to Springfield.
- Nothing to dislike about Rychel's game, Richards said. The Blue Jackets are getting healthy and tough lineup decisions are part of that.
- Fedor Tyutin skated today and continues to make progress toward a return.
UPDATE (10:05 AM): Sergei Bobrovsky will start tonight against Philadelphia.
UPDATE (10:00 AM): Here are the lines and pairs for tonight's game...
Goooooooood morning, dear friends!
We have a full schedule coming your way today, and it begins with the Blue Jackets morning skate at 10 a.m. here at Nationwide Arena. The big news yesterday was the announcement from Todd Richards that Brandon Dubinsky will make his season debut tonight, after missing the first 26 games due to abdominal surgery.
Dubinsky was in a familiar spot yesterday, practicing on a line with Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson. Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno and Michael Chaput were the other centers taking line rushes.
Here are some helpful nuggets before we get going...
- The other lines used by the Blue Jackets yesterday: Gibbons-Foligno-Hartnell, Tropp-Chaput-Boll, Jenner-Johansen-Skille.
- And the defense pairs: Erixon-Wisniewski, Leopold-Prout, Johnson-Savard.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to get the start in goal. He was named the NHL's No. 2 star of the week yesterday, after a 3-0-0 week with a 1.62 goals-against average and .956 save percentage.
- Tim Erixon was back in the lineup after missing six of the previous seven games (healthy scratch), and he played well alongside James Wisniewski. It's possible that he remains in the lineup and Kevin Connauton is scratched.